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[bug#29521] [PATCH] gnu: gnome-default-applications: Change defaults.lis

From: Brendan Tildesley
Subject: [bug#29521] [PATCH] gnu: gnome-default-applications: Change defaults.list to gnome-mimeapps.list.
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2020 16:12:19 +1100

I apologise for not following up with my bug reports. Here is the latest spec and a thread from 2014 that explains defaults.list appears to be long since unused, that debian uses it only for historical reasons that are perhaps a decade old.

It was mentioned in this 6 year old thread that GNOME was using defaults.list. Is there any reason to think that it does now and that we shouldn't just set it to mimeapps.list? I haven't gone into GNOME sources to figure out what it ultimately does.


As you can see, there is no defaults.list specified at all.


As for should XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP, having a brief look at the spec, this is merely a way to make desktop items appear in or not appear in the menus of a certain desktop environment. In a .desktop file you can have smoething like OnlyShowIn=GNOME orĀ  NotShowIn=XFCE. If the respective desktop environment you are using follows the standard it will check these to decide if it should show or hide the entry. I believe it is unrelated to the defaults.list vs mimeapps.list problem.


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